Sometimes I'll skim the directory structure out of morbid curiosity, but I never look at the files themselves (in addition to feeling a bit too
creepy, I don't want to risk seeing something I can't unsee
). Knowing where the drives come from is enough to tell me what's on there, anyways.
In addition to typical consumer stuff, some of the drives comes from organizaions that handle other people's sensitive data. Financial data, medical data, security footage (hence why I have WD purples), the like. As I said, people who should know better.
Actually, I've never even used a data recovery program before, so I couldn't say. Most of the drives I get haven't been cleaned at all
, even through simple deletion.
The way I see it, the problem isn't so much with modern technology and forensics, but that the most basic steps aren't even being taken to protect data in the first place.
Frankly, I think every modern OS should come with encryption enabled by default. Sure, it's slightly
less convenient and people will complain about that, but so few people truly understand the price of convenience until they've been made to pay it.
That, and people need to start learning that Linux isn't the complicated mess they think it is and start adopting it. If anything, Windows has been more complicated for a while, even for basic tasks. I was trying to change the screen resolution for one of my family members because it was too low, and I kept having to use the search function because I literally could not figure out how to navigate the labyrinthian mess that is the Windows 11 control panel.
It took me ten minutes to do in Windows what I could do on Mint in ten seconds.